Lilacs are one of my most favorite flowers. As I wrote last year around this time, we have rather a lot of lilac shrubs at Darlington that (usually) produce a profusion of flowers. I love gathering our lilacs by the armload when they come into blossom, and filling the rooms of Darlington House with their gorgeous presence. Not only are they beautiful, spilling over the vases like frothy clouds, but their marvelous, heady fragrance pervades the rooms, too. Lilacs are one of life's greatest pleasures, I believe.
This year our lilacs only produced a few blossoms, due to a combination of a too-mild winter and a too-dry spring, I understand. We gathered what ones that we could, and have enjoyed their fleeting beauty for as long as they lasted.
|A vase of lilacs in our dining room at Darlington House,|
lit by the slanting rays of the afternoon sun
What a delight they were, Dear Reader!
Photographs by Boy Fenwick